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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
A few ideas...: Sometimes, plain bad luck leads to an acl injury. Missing a step, tripping and falling, playing with a child, etc. That being said, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of tearing your acl: avoid contact sports such as tackle football and rugby. Avoid skiing. Work on strengthening the muscles about your knee, including your hamstrings and quadriceps.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
3 months: Generally a labrum is repaired arthroscopically (minimally invasively with a camera). It is usually an outpatient surgery. It is painful, particularly for the firs 24-48 hours, but the anesthesiologist can talk to you about a block into the shoulder region to help with the pain, and you will likely be given narcotics to help with the pain as well. Estimate about three months of rehabilitation.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Pain control: Rib fractures usually do not require surgery or any sort of splinting. The key to treating rib fractures is to get the pain under control with anti-inflammatories, and narcotics if necessary. Ice and/or heat to the area may help with the pain as well.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Several: Options for joint pain: activity modification (avoid activities that aggravate the pain); anti-inflammatory medication; cortisone injection; weight loss if you are over-weight (for lower extremity joint pain).
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Bone infection: Osteomyelitis is a bone infection. Sometimes it can be treated with antibiotics alone. Other times it requires operative intervention in conjunction with antibiotics.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6-12 weeks: After fixation of an ankle fracture, the bones usually heal in about 6-8 weeks, but that time can vary, and can be longer particularly in smokers. The rehab for an ankle fracture is usually on the order of 3 months. That time is variable as well, as I have seen patients recover more quickly and more slowly than 3 months, but that is a good estimate.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Many ways: It depends on the type of thumb fracture that you have. Some require immobilization only, others are best served with fixation with pins or plates and screws. If you have a thumb fracture, please see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure your fracture is treated appropriately.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6-10 weeks: Scapula (shoulder blade) fractures generally heal in the 6-10 week time frame. Fortunately, most scapula fractures do not require surgery, and the function of your shoulder should be excellent once it heals.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6 weeks: Hand fractures generally take six weeks to heal. I would avoid weight lifting until at least six weeks after your injury. Make sure you see an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical exam and x-rays to make sure your bone is healed before you return to weight lifting.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6-12 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal. Even after the fracture is healed, patients - kids included - tend to favor the injured extremity for a while. That time varies from person to person and also depends to some degree on the severity of the injury. 6-12 weeks from the day of injury is a good estimate.
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